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Amanda Rodewald

Dr. Amanda Rodewald is the Garvin Professor and Senior Director of Conservation Science at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the Department of Natural Resources at Cornell University, where she also co-directs the Center for Avian Population Studies.  She is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and American Ornithological Society and has played a variety of national advisory roles, which includes serving as a member of the Science Advisory Board of US Environmental Protection Agency, an ad-hoc advisor to federal and state agencies as well as NGOs, and expert witness testifying to Congress.  As an applied ecologist, Amanda leads an interdisciplinary, international research and outreach program in ecological and sustainability sciences that addresses global challenges linked to changing climate, land cover, and human activities in temperate and tropical working landscapes that need to serve both social and ecological needs.  Since 2000, she has generated over $9 million in research funding and published >135 scientific papers, a co-edited Ornithology textbook, 10 book chapters, and over 60 popular articles and commentaries, including bimonthly pieces for The Hill.

Kelly W. Fisher

In 2015, Kelly W. Fisher was appointed Senior Vice President and Head of Corporate Sustainability for HSBC Bank USA.  In her role she has helped to launch HSBC’s new U.S. volunteer program “Involve” which has been recognized for improving the volunteer experience.  She also co-chairs the US Climate Business Council, which is helping to increase HSBC’s leadership role in sustainable finance.

Kelly joined HSBC after seven years at Toyota Motor North America, where she created environmental and safety programs that were recognized for having a meaningful impact while greatly improving corporate reputation.  In her tenure there she also created Toyota’s first-ever social media giving campaign, called “100 Cars for Good”.   Prior to that, she worked for four years at Goldman Sachs, helping to manage their global volunteer program and internal marketing campaigns.

In the past, Kelly has held seats on the corporate advisory board of Do Something and the executive board of Corporate Volunteers of New York.  She is an active volunteer with Citymeals-on-Wheels, various animal welfare organizations, and was a recipient of the President’s Volunteer Service Award in 2011.

Randi Kronthal-Sacco

Randi Kronthal-Sacco (Stern ‘83) is a Senior Scholar of Marketing and Corporate Outreach at the NYU Stern Center for Sustainable Business. Ms. Kronthal-Sacco leads CSB’s research in the areas of marketing and brands including the Sustainable Market Share Index™ and is responsible for corporate outreach. With over 25 years of packaged goods and pharmaceutical experience, Ms. Kronthal-Sacco most recently was the Chief Marketing Officer at Rodan + Fields®. Ms. Kronthal-Sacco spent over 18 years as a Senior Executive at Johnson & Johnson®, where she served as Worldwide Vice President on two of the company’s most important franchises, Johnson’s Baby and Women’s Health. Prior to her role at Johnson & Johnson, Ms. Kronthal-Sacco served in various product management capacities for 8 years at Kraft Foods including Director, Desserts Division. Ms. Kronthal-Sacco currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors at GlobeScan. Ms. Kronthal-Sacco holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing from Emory University and a Master in Business Administration in Finance from New York University Stern School of Business. Her research has been cited in Harvard Business Review, Fortune, GreenBiz, among others. Ms. Kronthal-Sacco can be reached at rkrontha@stern.nyu.edu.

Aarti Ramachandran

Aarti is Director of Research & Engagements at the FAIRR Initiative, the fastest-growing ESG investor network in the agri-food sector, backed by investors with collective assets of $28 trillion. She oversees the network’s portfolio of market-leading products, such as Coller FAIRR Protein Producer IndexTM and Climate Risk ToolTM. She also directs multiple collaborative investor engagements in the agri-food sector on protein diversification, climate change, water stewardship, COVID-19 working condition and antimicrobial resistance.

In her previous roles, Aarti was Client Director at a global sustainability consultancy and served as a Public and Government Affairs Advisor at ExxonMobil for several years. In addition to her corporate experience, she has worked for two environmental non-profits and the U.S. Treasury and GE Capital.

Aarti holds an MA in International Affairs from Columbia University in New York, an MA in Journalism from the University of Missouri, Columbia, and an MS in Environmental Engineering from Northwestern University. She has worked in Europe, India and the US, and speaks three languages. She also serves on the Advisory Board of the Partnership for Gender Equity, an initiative that supports gender equity in coffee supply chains.

Denise Abdul-Rahman

Denise Abdul-Rahman is a staff member of the National NAACP Environmental Climate Justice Program (ECJP), as the Regional Field Organizer for the Midwest and Plain States and serves as the Environmental Climate Justice Chair of the Indiana State Conference of the NAACP. 

She employs the program’s three objectives.  Reduce Harmful Emissions, Particularly Greenhouse Gases, Advance Energy Efficiency and Clean Energy, and Strengthen Community Resistance and Livability. 

Denise holds a BS in management, MBA in healthcare management and a health informatics designation from Indiana University School of Informatics. 

Among her body of work accomplishments are the successful organizing of an “Our Youth Scientists” and “Our Community Scientists” initiative deployed in East Chicago Indiana. A City with 3 zones declared as a superfund site by the US EPA, with over 91,000 parts per a billion of lead.  

She has served as a Delegate to Paris COP 21, a Delegate to Global Climate Action Summit, former Vice Chair Indianapolis Air Pollution Control Board, and an advisor for the Thrive Indianapolis Climate Action Plan and currently serving on the Midwest Renewable Energy Association Board.  

A few noteworthy recognitions  are, Faith Based Rev. Mozel Sanders Drum Major for Humanities Award 2020, Indiana University Robert McKinney School of Law Environmental Protector Award 2019 and the NAACP Indiana Hazel B. Hunter Award 2019. 

Dr. Michael M. Crow

Dr. Michael M. Crow is an educator, knowledge enterprise architect, science and technology policy scholar and higher education leader. He became the sixteenth president of Arizona State University in July 2002 and has spearheaded ASU’s rapid and groundbreaking transformative evolution into one of the world’s best public metropolitan research universities. As a model “New American University,” ASU simultaneously demonstrates comprehensive excellence, inclusivity representative of the ethnic and socioeconomic diversity of the United States, and consequential societal impact. 

Lauded as the ”#1 most innovative” school in the nation by U.S. News & World Report (2016-2020), ASU is a student-centric, technology-enabled university focused on complex global challenges related to sustainability, economic competitiveness, social embeddedness, entrepreneurship and global engagement. Under Dr. Crow’s leadership, ASU has established twenty-five new transdisciplinary schools, including the School of Earth and Space Exploration, the School for the Future of Innovation in Society and the School of Human Evolution and Social Change, and launched trailblazing multidisciplinary initiatives including the Biodesign Institute, the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability, and important initiatives in the humanities and social sciences. 

Julia Chiu

Julia Chiu, Senior Sustainability Manager at Walgreens Boots Alliance Global Sourcing Asia Operation based in Hong Kong. With over 18 years working for global sourcing organization and completing the Postgraduate Certificate in Sustainable Business (Value Chain) at the Cambridge University, understanding that most of the sustainability challenge lies deep in the product supply chain, I have the honor to drive the product and supplier sustainability initiative for WBA and to develop the Global Supplier Sustainability Program in order to engage our suppliers around global sustainability challenge.

Seana Day

Seana brings 20 years of investment, M&A advisory and technology experience to Better Food Ventures and Culterra Capital. She is a regular Ag ecosystem contributor and publishes an annual AgTech Landscape highlighting technology in the Ag value chain. Seana previously held advisory and investment roles in Food and Ag including Director of Strategy and Business Development at AgTech Insight, Fish 2.0 Associate and Managing Director at Centerra Capital providing Agribusiness investment advisory.  Prior to her involvement in Food and Ag, Seana was a technology investment banker at AGC Partners in London, Ridgecrest Capital Partners and Headwaters Merchant Bank. Her background also includes Head of Restructuring and Operations at Versata Enterprises. She is now based in her hometown of Turlock, in the heart of California’s Ag-land.

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Alexander Paula
Paula Alexander
Clorox
Sr. Director, Sustainability
Paula Alexander
Sr. Director, Sustainability
Clorox

Paula Alexander is Director, Sustainable Business & Innovation for Burt’s Bees, global natural health and beauty care brand. Paula has been with Burt’s Bees since 2006 and has served a variety of leadership roles in Brand Development, Marketing and Global Insights.  She has served on the Burt’s Bees Leadership Team for seven years.

Paula takes a whole systems approach to sustainability; a source-to-disposal mentality ensures that Burt’s Bees prioritizes sustainability in all business functions at all levels. Serving as President of The Burt’s Bees Greater Good Foundation, she drives the foundation mission to protect biodiversity and reconnect people to nature. Paula is also Business Unit Director of the Burt’s Bees Natural Launchpad, a grant program and ecosystem for women-led companies in the natural products space.

Paula began her career in brand management at Unilever. There, she managed the $600-million Dove bar and body wash business and was part of the launch efforts for the Campaign for Real Beauty. She worked in a global capacity leading innovation and strategy for Dove body wash in North America, Europe and Asia 2002-2004. Prior to Dove, Paula worked on the Suave, Lever 2000 and Snuggle brands.

Paula holds a BBA from Texas A&M University and an MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.  She is a frequent marketing and sustainability guest speaker at leading US business schools and industry conferences. Paula was named one of the Triangle Business Journal 2018 C-Suite Award Winners and in 2013 received the Fuqua School of Business Leader of Consequence Award.

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Bakshi Bhavik
Bhavik Bakshi
Ohio State
Richard M. Morrow Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Bhavik Bakshi
Richard M. Morrow Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Ohio State

Bhavik Bakshi is the Richard M. Morrow Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at The Ohio State University. He is also on the Faculty Advisory Board of OSU's Sustainability Institute, and has a courtesy appointment in Civil, Environmental and Geodetic Engineering.  His research is developing systematic methods to ensure that engineering solutions make positive contributions to sustainable development without causing unintended harm. He has published extensively and teaches regular and short courses across the world. His work has been recognized by several awards including the research excellence and education awards from the Sustainable Engineering Forum of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), the Lawrence K. Cecil Award for environmental chemical engineering from the Environmental Division of AIChE, the CAREER award from the U.S. National Science Foundation, and several best paper awards from journals and conferences. He has served on task forces of the United Nations Environment Program’s efforts toward sustainable development. He is a chemical engineer by training, with degrees from the Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Baltz Carolyn
Carolyn Baltz
The Sustainability Consortium
Director, Membership and Development
Carolyn Baltz
Director, Membership and Development
The Sustainability Consortium

Carolyn Baltz joined The Sustainability Consortium on June 29, 2015. Prior to joining TSC, Carolyn dedicated 11 years to strengthening the membership efforts of the Arkansas Alumni Association at the University of Arkansas. Carolyn was instrumental in growing stewardship programs for members, engagement measurement practices and membership acquisition strategy. In addition to her expertise in relationship management, Carolyn led efforts to create and market a new brand identity for the Association. Carolyn received a Bachelor of the Arts degree in Journalism with a minor in Advertising and Public Relations. She currently volunteers for multiple non-profit organizations in the Northwest Arkansas area.

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479-575-5909
Fayetteville, Arkansas Office
Bowe Jen
Jen Bowe
Ocean Spray
Head of Global Impact & Sustainability
Jen Bowe
Head of Global Impact & Sustainability
Ocean Spray

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Coggin Chad
Chad Coggin
Norcom
Director, Manufacturing, Supply Chain, and Continuous Improvement
Chad Coggin
Director, Manufacturing, Supply Chain, and Continuous Improvement
Norcom

Chad is the Director of Manufacturing, Supply Chain, and Continuous Improvement for Norcom Inc., a leading manufacturer of consumer paper products for school and business. Chad and his team are responsible for efficient production operations, material supply and distribution, and building a lean culture based on Toyota Production System principles.

Prior to Norcom Inc., Chad led functions including the Materials and Lean Manufacturing Division and Logistics & Warehousing in the US and Mexico for Yazaki Corp., a global tier one automotive supplier. Chad was responsible for the implementation of lean manufacturing initiatives in multiple Yazaki locations, and has worked as a consultant driving lean transformation.

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Dooley Kevin
Kevin Dooley
The Sustainability Consortium
Chief Scientist
Kevin Dooley
Chief Scientist
The Sustainability Consortium

Dr. Kevin Dooley is a Professor of Supply Chain Management and a Dean's Council of 100 Distinguished Scholars in the WP Carey School of Business at Arizona State University. He is Chief Scientist of The Sustainability Consortium, developing science and tools to improve the sustainability of consumer goods. Dr. Dooley is a world-known expert in the application of complexity science to help organizations improve. He has published over 100 research articles and co-authored an award-winning book, "Organizational Change and Innovation Processes". He is on several journal editorial boards including Journal of Supply Chain Management and Journal of Business Logistics. He has been awarded two patents on Centering Resonance Analysis, a novel form of network text analysis, and is co-founder and CEO of Crawdad Technologies, LLC, a provider of text analysis software for academics of Business at Arizona State University.

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480-236-9588
Scottsdale, Arizona
Fennig Chris
Chris Fennig
MyFarms
Chris Fennig
MyFarms

Chris’s background in farming, physics, and supply chain integration inform his no-nonsense approach to sustainability. His passion for helping business leaders find genuine opportunities to convert field-level sustainability data into new business value is a driving force. In any interaction, Chris’s contribution may range from discussing strategic alternatives, to defining technical implementation details. Chris realized his dream of founding a technology company in 2010. MyFarms is a cloud-based software development firm that operationalizes sustainability. By extending supply chain systems to the field level and empowering farmers with new insight in an age of increasing environmental scrutiny, MyFarms aligns the economics of sustainability, which is a precursor to large scale impact. MyFarms delivers sophisticated turnkey solutions that automatically combine field data owned by farmers with the IT infrastructure used by the world’s biggest brands. MyFarms appeals to the full sophistication range among farmers, while enabling seamless sustainability data collection and interactive reporting for downstream trading partners. The MyFarms data exchange is used by thousands of farmers and dozens of enterprises across the US and Australia. Fennig was honored to receive the Outstanding Achievement in RFID Technology Award in 2009 and the Precision Ag Institute’s Crop Advisor of the Year award in 2014. His undergraduate work focused on nanosatellite communications, earning a BS from the Taylor University Physics Department, and his MS focused on the Physics of RFID in global supply chains at Case Western Reserve University. Chris enjoys long walks on his family’s fourth generation corn and soybean farm in Jay County, Indiana.

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From the Group Up: Soil to Denim

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Fisher Kelly
Kelly Fisher
HSBC
Kelly Fisher
HSBC

In 2015, Kelly W. Fisher was appointed Senior Vice President and Head of Corporate Sustainability for HSBC Bank USA.  In her role she has helped to launch HSBC’s new U.S. volunteer program “Involve” which has been recognized for improving the volunteer experience.  She also co-chairs the US Climate Business Council, which is helping to increase HSBC’s leadership role in sustainable finance.

Kelly joined HSBC after seven years at Toyota Motor North America, where she created environmental and safety programs that were recognized for having a meaningful impact while greatly improving corporate reputation.  In her tenure there she also created Toyota’s first-ever social media giving campaign, called “100 Cars for Good”.   Prior to that, she worked for four years at Goldman Sachs, helping to manage their global volunteer program and internal marketing campaigns.

In the past, Kelly has held seats on the corporate advisory board of Do Something and the executive board of Corporate Volunteers of New York.  She is an active volunteer with Citymeals-on-Wheels, various animal welfare organizations, and was a recipient of the President’s Volunteer Service Award in 2011.

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Follett Forrest
Forrest Follett
Manager, Data Science
Forrest Follett
Manager, Data Science

Forrest Follett began working for TSC in September of 2018 as the Manager of Data Science. His work supports the Commodities Mapping Program, analyzing global sustainability risks as they relate to various commodities and modeling their spatial distributions. Forrest’s background is in Archaeology, where he has several years of experience in the Cultural Resource Management sector and got his BA in 2012. He moved to Fayetteville to pursue his MA and is currently finishing his thesis, titled “An Investigation of the Affordances of Virtual Environments for Archaeological Data Presentation” which uses video games to make more interesting archaeological site reports. The common thread between his work in archaeology and his work for the consortium is his passion for making complex geospatial data into maps and visualizations that are easy to understand and make exploring a dataset simple and engaging.

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479 575 2884
Fayetteville, Arkansas
Furrow Brittni
Brittni Furrow
Ahold-Delhaize
Vice President Health & Sustainability
Brittni Furrow
Vice President Health & Sustainability
Ahold-Delhaize

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Gagner David
David Gagner
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
Senior Director of Government Relations
David Gagner
Senior Director of Government Relations
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation

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Garcia Teresa
Teresa Garcia-Moore
Manager, Technical Development
Teresa Garcia-Moore
Manager, Technical Development

Teresa holds a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) degree from the State University of Londrina, Brazil, and a Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Agricultural and Food Law from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. She is a Ph.D. Candidate in Public Policy, specializing in agriculture policy. Prior to joining The Sustainability Consortium, she worked for 5 years as a research assistant at the University of Arkansas conducting research in food and agriculture policy. She also worked as a legal consultant in Fayetteville for Kramer Detergents, Inc., where she was responsible for advising the company on legal issues related to the chemical industry regulations and on the implementation of the corporate social responsibility.

Ginger Jessica
Jessica Ginger
The Sustainability Consortium
Senior Director, THESIS Impact Team
Jessica Ginger
Senior Director, THESIS Impact Team
The Sustainability Consortium

Jessica Ginger is the Sr. Director of The Sustainability Consortium’s (TSC) THESIS Impact Team where she leads global implementation projects with retailers, brands, and manufacturers that use TSC’s science-based sustainability performance management solution, THESIS. Jessica built and now oversees The Consortium’s supplier support services, including its network of trained service providers. She also directs her team’s analytics to drive impact by leveraging THESIS’ unique supply chain data that represents approximately 1700 companies and $1 trillion USD in consumer goods. Her passion for social sustainability has been the driving force behind her 16 years of global, multi-stakeholder, and multi-issue experiences. Prior to joining TSC in 2013, Jessica managed partnerships in Africa and the Middle East for the AmeriCares Foundation where she worked to improve the quality and increase the quantity of medical aid delivered to marginalized populations. She also served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Republic of Moldova and was a Technical Advisory Committee Member for the UNDP's 2014 Equator Prize. Jessica received her M.A. in Sustainable International Development from the Heller School of Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University and her B.S. in Criminal Justice from Sam Houston State University.

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+1 479 575 4672
Fayetteville, Arkansas
Gopinath Jyotshna
Jyotshna Gopinath
North Carolina State University’s Wilson College of Textiles
North Carolina State University’s Wilson College of Textiles with an MS in Textile Chemistry
Jyotshna Gopinath
North Carolina State University’s Wilson College of Textiles with an MS in Textile Chemistry
North Carolina State University’s Wilson College of Textiles

Jyotsna is a recent graduate of North Carolina State University’s Wilson College of Textiles with an MS in Textile Chemistry, focusing on sustainable textile innovation and chemistry. She earned a BS in Bioengineering from Santa Clara University’s School of Engineering, where she researched point of-use-water contamination detection and remediation technology. She is passionate about focusing her career on solving the water pollution inequities caused by the fashion industry, specifically in the Global South, through harnessing the innovative power of chemistry and engineering. 

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Greene Brian
Brian Greene
HMTX
Brian Greene
HMTX

Brian Greene oversees supply chain planning and strategy as well as IT development across the HMTX family of companies.

Running an efficient worldwide supply chain operation demands coordination of vast information and business systems. Brian’s “sales first” leadership style ensures that the company’s robust and dynamic global supply chain enables each division’s business objectives.

Brian joined Halstead in May 2002 as Vice President of the Southern division. Once the lone Georgia associate, he helped create initiatives that would eventually lead to three major offices in Georgia and an expanded supply chain footprint around the world. During that time, Brian moved from a merchandising role to the supply chain-centric role he has today.

Brian’s 25-year career in the industry includes prior experience with major retailers, including The Home Depot, where he served as Import Merchant for flooring.

Brian earned a B.B.A. in International Business and Economics from Georgia Southern University and an Executive Masters in International Logistics and Supply Chain Strategy from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He is an avid percussionist and can be seen sitting in with bands from time to time.

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Hancock Mike
Mikel Hancock
Walmart Stores, Inc
Senior Director Food and Agriculture
Mikel Hancock
Senior Director Food and Agriculture
Walmart Stores, Inc

Mikel Hancock is the Senior Director, Food and Agriculture for Walmart Stores, Inc. In this role he is responsible for partnering with internal and external stakeholders to develop and implement our Sustainability strategy within Food. Walmart’s Sustainability strategy is aligned with our mission to help our customers Save Money and Live Better by focusing on reducing costs in energy and waste, while providing access to products sourced sustainably. He has over twenty years with Walmart and has served in various positions across Merchandising and Sourcing within Walmart US and Sam’s Club. Mikel’s previous positions include buyer, senior buyer, and Director for Sam’s Club, US Global Food Sourcing manager, and most recently he has been a Divisional Merchandise Manager in the Produce & Floral department for Walmart US. While in this role, Mikel helped to lead the Sustainable commodities program for all of Produce, and under his leadership advanced our sourcing of more sustainable produce. He earned a Bachelor’s degree of Science in Finance from the Sam M. Walton College of Business Administration at the University of Arkansas. Mikel currently serves as Board Member for the Center for Growing Talent by the Produce Marketing Association and Cobblestone Farm Project, a non-profit dedicated to ending hunger in Northwest Arkansas. He resides in Bentonville, AR with his wife Lynn and two boys Dunning and Breck.

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Heist Brent
Brent Heist
P&G
Brent Heist
P&G

Brent M. Heist leads the Global Packaging Sustainability team at Procter & Gamble. He is located in Cincinnati, Ohio. Brent holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Houston and an MBA from Xavier University. In his twenty-four years at Procter & Gamble Brent has worked in Process Development, Products Research and most recently Packaging Development spanning several of P&G’s business units.

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Helt Chris
Chris Helt
The Sustainability Consortium
Senior Manager, Technical Development
Chris Helt
Senior Manager, Technical Development
The Sustainability Consortium

Christopher Helt is the Senior Manager of Technical Development at The Sustainability Consortium (TSC), Arizona State University, responsible for the development of the Sustainability Measurement and Reporting System for manufactured and formulated goods supply chains. In addition, he is the Principal Researcher for Leadership Initiatives at TSC related to human health impacts associated with consumer product use. As such, he manages the Common Chemical Criteria Task Force at TSC which aims to provide a common framework to enhance communication regarding chemical safety among broad stakeholders.

Prior to joining TSC, Chris worked for Colgate-Palmolive Company (Piscataway, NJ) as a Senior Research Scientist in their Global Product Safety Department. Chris earned a PhD in Toxicology (2004) from the University of Rochester and a BS in Biochemistry (1997) from The Pennsylvania State University. His academic research focused on the DNA damage response following oxidative stress.

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+1 480 965 2135
Scottsdale, Arizona
Henson Philip
Philip Henson
HanesBrands
Philip Henson
HanesBrands

Philip Henson is a member of Hanesbrands corporate facility engineering team which has responsibility for leading engineering, energy demand, environmental sustainability, and safety activities on a global level. Mr. Henson earned his Industrial Engineering degree from Texas Tech University in 1991 (BSIE ’91) and a Master of Arts degree in sustainability from Wake Forest University in 2015 (MASus 2015).
Mr. Henson has a distinguished career in the textile manufacturing industry spanning over twenty-five years with HanesBrands and predecessor companies. Mr. Henson is an ambassador for sustainability and in recent years has helped elevate the level of energy management, energy data analysis and reporting, and environmental stewardship to internal and external stakeholders. He is an active participant within the ENERGY STAR industrial partner’s network and has helped Hanes leverage this partnership to improve company energy performance and garner US EPA ENERGY STAR award recognition for the past 8 years.

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Hunt Liz
Liz Hunt
Syngenta
Liz Hunt
Syngenta

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Johnson John
John Johnson
Agricola LLC
Principal
John Johnson
Principal
Agricola LLC

Building Understanding Between Farmers And Those Who Need Them http://agricola-llc.com/

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Kaysen Brett
Brett Kaysen
National Pork Board
Brett Kaysen
National Pork Board

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Kopac Matt
Matt Kopac
Burt's Bees
Manager, Sustainable Business & Innovation
Matt Kopac
Manager, Sustainable Business & Innovation
Burt's Bees

Matt is the Sustainable Business & Innovation Manager for Burt’s Bees, a global natural health care and beauty brand. Matt has been with Burt’s Bees since 2012 and leads sustainability across all business functions and throughout the value chain.

As a member of the Burt’s Bees Innovation Leadership Team, Matt is responsible for guiding product innovation and portfolio improvements that align with the brand’s commitments to people and nature. He spearheads strategy on circularity and oversees the brand’s landfill-free operations and carbon neutral practices. As Vice President of the Burt’s Bees Foundation, Matt guides community stewardship activities that protect biodiversity and reconnect people to nature.

Matt has had a varied career with a common thread: service that reaches across boundaries. Before joining Burt’s Bees, he was head of sustainability for a technology company in North Carolina, a consultant to high impact social enterprises fighting poverty in El Salvador, a community economic development policy advocate in Washington, DC, and a Small Enterprise Development Peace Corps Volunteer supporting women’s cooperatives and girls’ education in Benin, West Africa.

Matt holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in economics, international relations and political science and an MBA from the Yale School of Management. Matt is an Eisenhower Fellow, an avid international traveler, and a beekeeper. He lives in Durham, NC, with his wife and two children.

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Kublanov E Maximus
Maximus E. Kublanov
Humana Capital Partners
Partner
Maximus E. Kublanov
Partner
Humana Capital Partners

Max is a 10th grade scholar at Haas Hall Academy in Rogers, AR.  He enjoys playing basketball outside at the local basketball courts and spending time with his family. Max wants to make sure that kids get at least three meals a day and do not go a day without food. He leads Humana Capital’s non-profit research to identify worthy organizations that meet our donation criteria.  Max is also responsible for HCP’s website and technology platforms.  He plans to go to college and then pursue a career in the space industry.

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Kublanov E. Zachary
Zachary E. Kublanov
Humana Capital Partners
Partner
Zachary E. Kublanov
Partner
Humana Capital Partners

Zack is a 10th grade scholar at Haas Hall Academy in Rogers, AR.  He enjoys playing basketball and watching the office.  Zack wants to create a world that is fair and just for everyone.  He leads Humana Capital’s company and financial research to identify public companies that meet our ESG and financial criteria.  Zack plans to go to college and pursue a career in the sports management field.

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Kuhn Ashley
Ashley Kuhn
P&G
Director of Responsible Sourcing for Global Beauty Purchases
Ashley Kuhn
Director of Responsible Sourcing for Global Beauty Purchases
P&G

Ashley Kuhn, PhD, is Director of Responsible Sourcing for Global Beauty Purchases at P&G. A plant biologist by training, she leverages a decade of sustainability insights and experience across Regulatory, Environmental Safety, Sustainability, and Procurement to guide P&G business teams toward sustainable solutions.

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Beyond Bags: Tackling the Challenges of Recycling Flexible Film

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Leonas Karen
Karen Leonas
North Carolina State University
Karen Leonas
North Carolina State University

Dr. Karen K. Leonas is a Professor in the Textile and Apparel, Technology and Management Department. Dr. Leonas has her B.S. in Textile Chemistry from NC State, a M.S. and PhD from the University of Tennessee in Textile Chemistry/Textile Physics with an emphasis in Polymer Engineering. She enjoys working with industry as was employed by Burlington Industries, Industrial Fabrics Division where she was the Product Assurance Manager for the Aerospace Program prior to joining academia. Her research interests include product development and evaluation, decision making through the supply chain and currently research focuses on sustainability through the Fashion, Textile, Apparel and Retail supply chain – from concept to consumer. Previous significant areas of research include Barrier Effectiveness of Textiles to Challenge Agents (bacteria, pesticides, chemical, and liquids) and Degradation and Weathering Mechanisms of Polymeric Materials in laboratory and field environments. Dr. Leonas has received numerous recognitions for excellence in research, teaching and student advising. She current serves as co-chair of the Clothing, Footwear and Textile Committee of TSC.

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Lewis Sarah
Sarah Lewis
The Sustainability Consiortium
Senior Director, Innovation
Sarah Lewis
Senior Director, Innovation
The Sustainability Consiortium

Dr. Sarah E. Lewis is passionate about working through challenges at the interface of humans and the environment. A leader in the field of sustainability, Sarah is a certified Sustainability Associate (ISSP-SA), an author on topics related to ecological integrity, water resources, and improving supply chain sustainability. Sarah is Senior Director of Innovation with The Sustainability Consortium (TSC). Through her work at TSC, she has led the development of supply chain sustainability metrics across the consumer goods industry, led the creation of TSC’s stakeholder engagement methodology, founded TSC implementation program, launched the first ever TSC Innovation Program, and founded TSC Idea Forum, TSC’s first leadership development program. Sarah holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Dynamics, a Master of Arts in French, and a Bachelor of Science in Biology and French Secondary Education. An award-winning educator, Sarah has taught Earth Science, French, and Environmental Sociology. She is currently an Adjunct Professor at the University of Arkansas, serving on several graduate student research committees. She is active in her community, serving on the boards of organizations, such as the Walton Arts Center, the Illinois River Watershed Partnership, and Arkansas United. In 2008, the Arkansas Sierra Club recognized Sarah as Activist of the Year. She served a 4-year term as an elected official on the Fayetteville, Arkansas City Council where she founded the Environmental Action Committee, chaired the Solid Waste, Recycling, and Water Utilities committee, wrote and sponsored the Low Impact Development ordinance, and led the development and adoption of Fayetteville’s Streamside Protection Ordinance, the first in the State of Arkansas. Her highest honor, however, is that she is the mom of, Isaac, a beautiful little boy who inspires her every day.

Martin Eric
Eric Martin
Adaptive Change Advisors
Senior Leadership Advisor and Founder
Eric Martin
Senior Leadership Advisor and Founder
Adaptive Change Advisors

Eric Martin specializes in leadership development and systems change. His recent work draws on the Adaptive Leadership framework developed by Harvard faculty Drs. Ron Heifetz and Marty Linsky. Eric helped establish the New York office of their leadership consulting firm. Eric has served in an advisor/guest speaker/leadership trainer role at places such as: White House Presidential Personnel Office, Clinton Global Initiative, Rockefeller Foundation, Rockefeller 100 Resilient Cities, Google, Microsoft, Verizon, US Business Council for Sustainable Development, United Nations Innovation Network, World Bank, Harvard Medical School, Cornell University, New York University, Government of Abu Dhabi, Acumen, Public Utility Research Center, and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Previously, he served in a governmental liaison capacity in Japan and in various strategic roles at The Synergos Institute, a Rockefeller-affiliated international development organization. Eric holds an MS in Organizational Change Management and BS in Systems Analysis and Operations Research.

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Murray Euan
Euan Murray
The Sustainability Consortium
Chief Executive Officer
Euan Murray
Chief Executive Officer
The Sustainability Consortium

Euan Murray became Chief Executive of The Sustainability Consortium (TSC) in December 2016 with a focus on driving implementation of TSC tools by retailers and large purchasers, and working with TSC members on innovative solutions to supply chain sustainability problems. Murray joined TSC in 2012 and has held a number of leadership positions, most recently COO. Prior to joining TSC, Murray was Director of Footprinting at The Carbon Trust. There, he led projects with PepsiCo, Unilever, M&S, CDP and many other TSC members, focusing on product and supply chain carbon footprinting. He has held a number of other roles in sustainability, financial services and strategy consulting. Murray has a BA in Natural Sciences and an MSc. in Materials Science & Metallurgy from Cambridge University, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce. He is married to Emily and has two sons, Oscar and Zac.

Navalpakam Sripriya
Sripriya Navalpakam
Unilever
Sustainability Manager
Sripriya Navalpakam
Sustainability Manager
Unilever

Sripriya Navalpakam is the Sustainability Manager at Unilever North America. Unilever is committed to take decisive action to fight climate change, regenerate nature and preserve resources. Sripriya started at Unilever in 2015 as a part of the Unilever Future Leaders Program and has held a wide variety of brand marketing and innovation roles prior.

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Park Jennifer
Jennifer Park
The Sustainability Consortium
Innovation Program Coordinator
Jennifer Park
Innovation Program Coordinator
The Sustainability Consortium

Jennifer Park joined TSC in February 2019 as an Innovation Program Assistant. She graduated from the University of Arkansas with a bachelor’s degree in geography and minors in sustainability and history. She then completed a year of service with the AmeriCorps VISTA program managing a large-scale “giving garden” in Frederick, CO. Jennifer has extensive volunteer experience working to support local food systems through organic gardening both in the US and abroad. She is interested in the intersection of environmentalism and social justice and hopes to continue her work supporting TSC innovation programs while pursuing a master’s degree at the University of Arkansas.

Powell Emily
Emily Powell
The Sustainability Consortium
Solutions Manager, THESIS Impact Team
Emily Powell
Solutions Manager, THESIS Impact Team
The Sustainability Consortium

Emily graduated with her bachelor’s in Sustainability with a concentration in business in May 2019 from Arizona State University. In her studies and through her internships, she has learned how businesses can gain transparency in their supply chain and operations, uncover risks created by environmental and social impact, and take initiative to improve their sustainability in anticipation of an uncertain future. Emily believes that global changes, including climate change and an evolving middle class, create a pivotal opportunity for businesses to become drivers of profitable, sustainable development. With experience assisting in program management on the sustainability team at Sprouts Farmers Market and in sustainability communication at various green-minded magazines and websites, Emily joins the Implementation team to help industry members put TSC’s sustainability measurement and reporting tools to good use in their supply chain transparency efforts.

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Scottsdale, Arizona
Randle Chris
Chris Randle
GIS Analyst
Chris Randle
GIS Analyst

Chris is a GIS Analyst supporting the Commodity Mapping Program, which uses models and client supply chain data in the production of comprehensible data visualizations highlighting sustainability risks such as deforestation, water, and child labor. His work includes data analytics, along with spatial analysis and cartographic, process, and technical solution design.

Prior to joining TSC, Chris was a helpdesk manager for TerraVia--a biotechnology company that supplied a variety of sustainable algae-based food and nutrition products.

Chris has a Professional Science Master’s Degree in Environmental Studies and a certificate in Applied Spatial Analytics from Antioch University in Keene, NH. He also holds a Bachelor of Science in Electronic Engineering Technology.

Rath Byron
Byron Rath
Soil Health Institute
Sustainability Specialist
Byron Rath
Sustainability Specialist
Soil Health Institute

Byron Rath is the Sustainability Specialist for the Soil Health Institute. His duties include working with the Institute’s partners and stakeholders to help them achieve their goals through soil health. Prior to joining the Soil Health Institute, Rath taught Geography at the American Community School at Beirut in Lebanon, and worked for CCS, a global fundraising consulting and management firm that provides development services and strategic consulting to nonprofit organizations worldwide. He graduated from Middlebury College with a BA in English and Geography. He is proficient in written and spoken Arabic.

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Rayburn Kinsie
Kinsie Rayburn
Farm Journal, Trust in Food
Conservation Knowledge Officer
Kinsie Rayburn
Conservation Knowledge Officer
Farm Journal, Trust in Food

Kinsie Rayburn is the Conservation Knowledge Officer for Farm Journal’s Trust In Food. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science and Law from Humboldt State University, California and a Masters of Science in Sustainable Development from the University of Leeds, England. With over a decade of experience initiating, planning, leading and successfully delivering agricultural development projects, she applies her experience to support farmers with a focus on increasing efficiency, revenue and longevity of farm businesses through tailored, on-farm, conservation-based solutions.

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Rees Trevor
Trevor Rees
Enso Impact
Trevor Rees
Enso Impact

Trevor Rees is the Founder and Director of EnSo Impact, a project development company with a focus on clean energy projects in Sub-Saharan Africa.  EnSo works to develop and implement projects that respond to complex problems in ways that are sustainable over the long term. EnSo aim to make a positive social impact through initiatives that bring together technology and capital to create opportunities for employment and enterprise.

Trevor has worked with issues of leadership and sustainability for more than 20 years, including in senior positions in international organisations in the role of strategic partnerships and business development.  Trevor established his consultancy after 8 years as the Head of Development for the Rockefeller Foundation Leadership for Environment and Development (LEAD) Programme.  Trevor is an associate of Adaptive Change Advisors – delivering leadership programmes for clients including Microsoft – using the Adaptive Leadership framework developed by Ron Heifetz at Harvard University.

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Shaw Jennifer
Jennifer Shaw
Syngenta
Jennifer Shaw
Syngenta

Jennifer currently serves as a Senior Advisor to Syngenta on the integration of sustainability into Syngenta’s commercial programs and developing solutions for sustainability in agriculture.  In 2007, Jennifer established a new Sustainability function in Syngenta where she developed a strategy to integrate Sustainability into the business. Since she has been a leader in sustainability in industry initiatives as well as establishing the Syngenta Sustainable Solutions program.  Other previous roles with Syngenta and legacy companies include Pesticide Regulatory Policy, Issues Management, Environmental Stewardship, Sustainable Agriculture and Ecological Risk Assessment. She has had several leadership and expert roles in industry and government multi-stakeholder initiatives focused on major environmental challenges for U.S. agriculture including endangered species and water quality.

Jennifer was raised on family farm in Scotland where she gained first-hand experience working in various cropping and animal systems. She has a B.Sc. with First Class Honors in Agricultural Zoology from the University of Glasgow and a Ph.D. in Ecology from the University of Aberdeen and the Institute of Terrestrial Ecology.

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Slattery Drew
Drew Slattery
Trust in Food
Manager, Conservation Strategy and Communication
Drew Slattery
Manager, Conservation Strategy and Communication
Trust in Food

Drew Slattery is the Human Dimensions of Change Lead for Farm Journal’s Trust In Food. He specializes in applying human dimensions theory to drive behavior change to empower agricultural producers in the U.S. to continuously improve their operations’ environmental, financial and social outcomes. His portfolio overlaps the research, strategy and activation practices of Trust In Food.

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Slay Christy
Christy Slay
The Sustainability Consortium
Senior Director, Science and Research Applications
Christy Slay
Senior Director, Science and Research Applications
The Sustainability Consortium

Christy Slay directs the science and research application activities for The Sustainability Consortium (TSC) to develop a global, transparent, scientifically based measurement and reporting system for product sustainability. She leads efforts with strategic partners to ensure TSC’s metrics, tools, and reporting systems are harmonized and interoperable with existing initiatives. Christy leads projects in agricultural supply chains including data mobility solutions as well as the development of spatial tools for visualizing the environmental and social impacts of global supply chains for TSC’s Commodity Mapping platform. Most recently she published research on the drivers of global forest loss in the journal Science. She has also published on population ecology, conservation management, sustainable agricultural metrics, and climate change resilience in supply chains. She co-leads cave ecology research for the HICAVES Project on the island of Hawaii documenting new species during her vacation time. Christy has been with TSC since its inception in 2009. She received her doctorate in biology from the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville in 2010. Christy has 22 years of experience as an educator in both collegiate and environmental education settings. She serves on the board of the Ozark Natural Science Center, a residential nature education center for school children and teaches Sustainability for Business courses in the Walton College Graduate School of Business. Prior to her graduate research she led curriculum development and strategic planning with the National Audubon Society where she also authored articles for Audubon Magazine in New York. She received her B.A. in biology with a minor in religion from Hendrix College attending courses at Birkbeck College at the University of London.

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Fayetteville, Arkansas
Snyder Rod
Rod Snyder
Field to Market
President
Rod Snyder
President
Field to Market

Rod Snyder has served as President of Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture since 2014.  Field to Market is the largest multi-stakeholder initiative working to define, measure and advance the sustainability of commodity crop production in the United States. Prior to this role, Snyder held positions as Public Policy Director for the National Corn Growers Association and Government Affairs Leader for CropLife America.

He is particularly recognized for his work at the intersection of agricultural and environmental issues.  In 2015, Snyder co-founded the Sustainable Agriculture Summit, which has grown to be the largest and most prominent annual sustainable agriculture conference in North America.

He has previously served on the board of directors of the Conservation Technology Information Center, on the steering committee of the Agricultural Nutrient Policy Council, on the executive committee of Field to Market, and as chair of the Pesticide Policy Coalition. He resides on his family’s farm in Shenandoah Junction, West Virginia.

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Sturcken Elizabeth
Elizabeth Sturcken
Environmental Defense Fund (EDF)
Managing Director, EDF+Business
Elizabeth Sturcken
Managing Director, EDF+Business
Environmental Defense Fund (EDF)

Elizabeth Sturcken directs the work of our Supply Chain Corporate Partnerships team, which develops and implements joint projects with leading companies to create environmental change.

Leading our team of people working with Walmart to create broad environmental change in areas including climate change, agriculture, toxics in products and renewable energy.

Led our FedEx project to develop environmentally advanced medium-duty delivery vehicles.

Led our project with UPS to create innovative change in their express delivery packaging, resulting in environmental, business and customer benefits.

Background

Environmental Consultant for the EPA, through Harvard University, on global climate change (1996); Systems Consultant, Bank of Boston (1993-1994); Policy Analyst, Office of Management and Budget (1995); Computer Consultant, Alliance Computer Group (1989-1992).

Surfrider Foundation Board of Directors (1998-2001), President (2000); Founder and former Chair, Surfrider Foundation Massachusetts' chapter; Board of Directors, Environmental League of Massachusetts (1999-2002); Board of Directors, The Sustainability Consortium (2014).

Degrees

Masters in Public Policy, Environment and Natural Resources Policy, Harvard Kennedy School (1996). Bachelors in Political Science and Communication, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, University of Minnesota.

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Sundy Kimberley
Kimberley Sundy
Kellogg
Director, Corporate Sustainability
Kimberley Sundy
Director, Corporate Sustainability
Kellogg

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Tugendhat Eduargo
Eduargo Tugendhat
Palladium
Director Commercial Facilities for Natural Resource Systems
Eduargo Tugendhat
Director Commercial Facilities for Natural Resource Systems
Palladium

Eduardo Tugendhat spearheads Palladium’s catalytic role in the design and execution of Inclusive Growth strategies through commercial facilities structured to finance the transformation of natural business systems at scale. This involves partnering with large companies to move beyond traditional sustainability programs to design and implement transformational and commercially viable business approaches that achieve measurable business, social and environmental outcomes. Mr. Tugendhat has particular expertise in food, agriculture and agroforestry but has worked across a range of industries and geographies.

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Utterback Andrew
Andrew Utterback
Ingredion Incorporated
Senior Manager, Sustainability
Andrew Utterback
Senior Manager, Sustainability
Ingredion Incorporated

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Reith Mireya
Mireya Reith
Arkansas United
Founding Executive Director
Mireya Reith
Founding Executive Director
Arkansas United

Mireya Reith is the Founding Executive Director of Arkansas United, a nonprofit based in Springdale that is dedicated to empowering immigrants and their communities through immigrant rights advocacy and closing service gaps. Founded in 2012, Arkansas United boasts a network of over 200 immigrant organizers in 17 communities across Arkansas, operates 5 regional immigrant resource centers with partners, and represents Arkansas in leading, national coalitions advancing comprehensive immigration reform, Latino and Asian civic engagement and immigrant integration.

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